Friday, December 18, 2009

Stamp Simply #118

The Stamp Simply #118 challenge over at Sharon Johnson's blog today is to use snow on our creations, and do a C&S at the same time. I didn't make a card today because all my holiday cards are finally finished and sent, so I decided to use these mini loaves of cranberry nut bread that I baked yesterday. I found these adorable little mini loaf pans on sale last year at Michaels and they're perfect for little home-baked gifts! I made the tag from PTI soft stone cs because it perfectly matched the loaf pan color! I stamped the PTI sentiment in Versafine Onyx black ink and the tiny snowflake with Ballet blue. I added a felt snowflake and embellished both snowflakes with a Geo Sparkler. You can click the photo to see this detail much better. I wrapped some matching ribbon with snowflakes and this little gift is good to go!

Here's what it looks like with the tag slid underneath the ribbon.
For those who want this recipe, here it is. It's very basic and simple and makes 3 mini loaves like this, or one regular sized loaf.

Cranberry Nut Bread
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 cup chopped cranberries (I used Craisins)
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 egg
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 3/4 cup orange juice
* 1 tablespoon orange zest


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. (or 3 mini loaf pans)
2. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the cranberries and walnuts, and stir to coat with flour. Mix together the egg, oil, orange juice, and orange zest. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, and stir until just blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan(s).
3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven (25-30 minutes for mini loaf pans), or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack, and cool completely.

*I sprinkled a little cinnamon/sugar mix in the pans before adding batter and added a few craisins to the top before baking.

Have a wonderful Friday and keep that shovel handy if you live in PA! We're supposed to get "substantial" accumulations of snow tomorrow, so I'll be inside happily playing in my craft room I'm sure:) Maybe Sharon knew this was coming and that's why she used "snow" as her theme for today's challenge? Hmm..............



Jenny Gropp said...

Carol -- this is beautifully done! Love the snowflake ribbon! Thanks for joining in with the Stamp Simply Challenge!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Yum! This is a wonderful gift from the oven. Beautiful packaging!

JD said...

Great gift, nicely done...

Davi said...

Great looking gift tag and wrapping for some yummy bread. The recipe sounds great! :) Thanks for the encouraging words.

Silke Ledlow said...

YUMMY!!! Oh this is a wonderful gift idea....I need to find some of these cute mini loaves maybe for next year :)!?! I'm saving the recipe tooo....oh I still need to try the other yummy Bailey's recipe too!!! I need to make a trip to the liquor store!!! Did I mention I live in a *dry county* - yikes!!!!

Happy Holidays my friend!!! Hugs ~S~

Sue from Oregon said...

I have some of these I bought last year too...thanks for the recipe...maybe I can find a few to whip up some of these...if not I am saving for next year! Wonderful project!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh yeah, girl, the snow is HERE! It's gonna snow all day and into tomorrow so it'll be interesting to see how much we get. If this sticks around 'til Friday, we'll have a white Christmas!

I LOOOOOOOVE your project...and I totally need to look for some mini loaf pans to give away as gifts. Whoever receives this will just be's beautiful!

The Rubber Maid said...

That sounds like a yummy cake/bread. Love those kind of simple yet wonderful types of gifts. Nice package and great idea.

Janine said...

What a fabulous project!!!

Silli said...

hmmm...;-) *yummy*... Carol, I love this!!!!! Hugs and happy happy day!

Anonymous said...

What an AWESOME gift idea, Carol! This is such a beautiful gift and anyone would be thrilled to recieve this!! I will be saving this recipe for next year since I already did a bunch of baking this year...Thanks so much for sharing! I LOVE this!!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

What an absolutely fabulous gift idea! Your bread looks and sounds so yummy and that bread pan is just adorable! AND to top it off with such a great tag - WHAT a great gift! So glad you played along -- PERFECT project! Totally love this!!!